It all began when Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey went up against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This head commander in Marcopia county was known for conducting illegal activities in his jail with inmates wearing bright jumper uniforms and a slew of illegal activities profiling Latino drivers in the area.
There were complaints of inmate assaults, deaths ruled as suicides and extreme racism. It wasn’t until his arrest in 2007 for ignoring a federal order, he was soon pardoned by President Donald J Trump. The alleged list of crimes to inmates and unsuspecting Latino drivers goes on and on.
The two news men, Larkin and Lacey, who both owned the Phoneix Sun Times, stood up to Arpaio and found themselves as inmates when the Sheriff had them handcuffed for an arrest. It all went down in 2007, the men were lead from their homes like criminals. Larkin and Lacey were no strangers to fighting corruption. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
They were very vocal on their college campuses, though they dropped out of the Arizona University and began working on Village Voice Media regarding issues in the news. But it was tackling Arpaio and his many alleged crimes that placed them both in a brief cell.
News of their arrest traveled fast in the media outlets and soon bother men sued and won a huge settlement of $3.3 million dollars. It was found that their first amendment rights were seriously violated. With that money, the two men developed a fund that served the rights of migrants.
It’s important to understand Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey background and the careers they developed over time that has put them in the spotlight. As for Lacey, he is from New Jersey and did attend Arizona State University in the 60s.
He is a dropout from school and was heavily involved in student issues and helping publish the initial issue of the Phoenix New Times during the anti-war era. He joined forces with Larkin on the New Times in the advertising department covering social unrest and political stories.
Their publication slowly was becoming popular among readers. They were two passionate editors who weren’t afraid of taking on the hard issues that were happening in the country. The writers knew they were on to something and their readers engaged their publications over time. Larkin and Lacey’s careers grew from there and soon become well known in the news community.
Jim Larkin is from Phoenix and he is also a dropout student. He was just as dedicated to bringing readers intriguing and cutting edge stories as Lacey. When the duo met at Arizona State University and worked on the New Times, it was soon bought by Westword out of Denver. They had 17 other publications across the states some including Miami New Times and the well known New York Village Voice.
This all went down in 1983. It’s noted that both men’s arrest by Arpaio was eventually found to be unconstitutional. It created an unbelievable news storm. Readers were so upset the charges disappeared and they were free to go.